Planning for the Future
The Sisters of Mercy desire to create a future for the Burlingame Campus that honors the legacy, ministries, and the sacredness of the grounds for future generations. Mercy’s planning also includes consideration of how changes on the property may affect neighbors.
THE SISTERS OF MERCY ARE CONTINUING TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE OF THEIR BURLINGAME CAMPUS. SINCE THE START OF PLANNING IN 2017, FIVE GOALS HAVE GUIDED PLANNING RESEARCH
|Goal 1: Create new, accessible housing to meet the current and long term-housing needs of the Sisters.||Provide age-appropriate housing for Sisters, which currently we are not providing in the current Motherhouse Convent. This is the highest priority in the planning.|
|Goal 2: Protect and advance the legacy and educational and spiritual ministries of the Sisters of Mercy.||Along with Mercy High School, the campus is home to Mercy Center: an international spirituality center deeply rooted in Catholic tradition and Mercy Charism and values.|
|Goal 3: Address the future needs of Mercy High School with the addition of an Athletic and Student Life Center.||Mercy High School has a great need for a space for the entire student body for athletic games and student events. Please note: Separate of the Sisters campus-wide planning, the High School will apply for its construction permit in 2022.|
|Goal 4: Protect and enhance the historic and woodsy character of the campus while keeping it open to the public.||Mercy Charism commits to sustainability and care for the Earth. The Sisters consider the Campus as sacred ground and a tranquil setting, with the desire to retain the natural environment and beauty.|
|Goal 5: Explore the opportunity to assist in addressing the housing needs of the broader Burlingame community.||Currently, the highest planning priority remains new housing for Sisters.|
MUCH HAS CHANGED SINCE THE START OF OUR PLANNING
Since 2017, there have been many interruptions to our work, especially the COVID Pandemic. However, the Campus Planning Team has researched and assessed a number of possible alternatives for each of the above goals. As of yet, we believe that the best alternative for each goal has not been found. We will update neighbors and friends when any defined ideas emerge. “Frequently Asked Questions” also has been added to this website and will be updated when new information to add.